Articles tagged with: Turkey

Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

The Liberals in Erdoğan’s Wake

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may still be the most popular leader in Turkey, but the bloom is off the rose when it comes to his image as the man changing Turkey. That brand helped Erdoğan come to power in 2002 and win successive elections with increasing majorities, but now it seems it is not enough to maintain his stream of success. His Justice and Development Party (AKP) did win the March 30 local elections, but his personal popularity is slipping: In the 2011 elections, the AKP r...

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Tuesday, 15 Apr, 2014

Party Pilots

Now that the local elections are over, with a resounding victory for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey is seeking the answer to a new question: will he run for the presidency or will he opt to remain prime minister? Despite conceding that the past few months had been the “toughest period” of his political career, Erdoğan turned the local elections into a vote of confidence in his administration. The prime minister’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) more than survived ...

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Laura Cesaretti
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on : Monday, 14 Apr, 2014

War-torn Education

The Syrian education system is being attacked on many fronts. The first onslaught was the loss of life and displacement of students and teachers. Those who remained in the war...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Thursday, 10 Apr, 2014

Little Latakia

It is 11:30 pm on a Tuesday night, and Café Latakia is packed. Rows of men have crammed into the tiny darkened space, eyes fixed on the glowing screen that is the only source of l...

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Ali Hussein Bakeer
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on : Monday, 7 Apr, 2014

A Turkish Double Act

There are many people who would agree with the description of Abdullah Gül as being the cool logic to the fiery emotion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan is rooted in the wor...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 31 Mar, 2014

Triumphant and Unrepentant

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) incurred every assault imaginable in the lead up to Sunday’s municipal elections. Now those who voted against the AKP in...

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Iason Athanasiadis
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on : Friday, 28 Mar, 2014

City on the Brink

Friday dawn, March 21, 2014 Istanbul these days is suffused by a sense of the absurd. Its effervescent fin-de-sièclism assails the newly arrived visitor to the city from ...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 24 Mar, 2014

Dividing a Nation

The ad the Justice and Development Party (AKP) commissioned for the local elections on March 30 shows a man walking up to a huge steel flagpole and cutting the metal wire insid...

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Ahu Özyurt
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on : Monday, 17 Mar, 2014

Turkey’s Uncertain Vote

Turkey is entering the final leg of campaigning before municipal elections are held on March 30. This is just the beginning of a series of elections: Presidential elections are...

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Selin Ugurtas
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on : Saturday, 15 Mar, 2014

Breaking Majority Rules

One of the thousands who gathered on crowded Piyalapaşa Avenue on March 12, I bid farewell to Berkin Elvan’s body as it was carried out of the Alevi temple. The “Little Prince...

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